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A course for Welsh first language students only.

Cymraeg Proffesiynol (Professional Welsh) in Aberystwyth: Innovating, Specialising, Leading

An innovative degree scheme that introduces the wide range of careers that are available to those who study Welsh, developing highly relevant and valuable transferable skills. You will have the chance to:

  • learn skills such as presenting, marketing, editing, translating and professional writing
  • complete a work placement in a bilingual institution and build valuable networks
  • learn from employers and professional workers who work through the medium of Welsh in a variety of fields
  • choose from a selection of literary, linguistic and creative modules that are available in the Department.

Today, employers, as well as potential students and parents, are looking for a 'gold standard' degree in Welsh. This degree fits the bill.

If you're a first language student who hopes to join the professional workplace in Wales, come to Aberystwyth to begin your journey.

Course Overview

Why study Cymraeg Proffesiynol in Aber?

  • Home of Cymraeg Proffesiynol - This course was first introduced in 2012 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
  • High Standards - As a department we maintain consistently high standards and offer courses that are attractive, interesting and relevant to our way of interpreting Wales and the world through the medium of Welsh.
  • Experts - You will be taught by lecturers who are experts in their field and by guest speakers who represent a number of professions where Welsh is used.
  • A designated Professional Welsh Lecturer - This course is coordinated by Dr Rhianedd Jewell, Senior Lecturer in Professional Welsh, who gives all her attention to this course.
  • Variety - You can choose from a wide variety of interesting subjects, from translation, editing and publishing to creative writing and promoting heritage.
  • Small Groups - This is a select course, which means that the teaching takes place in small groups. These sessions reflect team meetings that happen in the world of work.
  • A Vibrant Welsh Social Life - In Aberystwyth, you can live through the medium of Welsh and enjoy the sociable aspects of the Welsh society here: UMCA activities (the Welsh Students' Union), Pantycelyn hall, rugby trips, Pantycelyn choir, evenings such as Gwobrau'r Selar (Welsh pop music event), and more.
  • Student Satisfaction - In the recent national student satisfaction survey, there was 100% overall student satisfaction for the Department and also for the subject of Welsh Studies (NSS 2021).
  • The National Library of Wales - In addition to the extensive resources in the University, the Department is on the doorstep of the National Library of Wales - a copyright library with over 6 million books, maps and prints, and you can join for free!
Our Staff

All academic staff in the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies are research active scholars and experts in their chosen fields of study, including the study of languages and literatures as well as creative writing.

Modules September start - 2022

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


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Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Introduction to the Literature of Gaelic Ireland IR11720 20


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* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Transferable Skills 

Studying for a degree in Professional Welsh will provide you with a wealth of transferable skills which are particularly valued by employers. These include: 

  • research and data analysis 
  • creative and effective problem solving
  • the ability to work independently 
  • time management, including the ability to meet tight deadlines 
  • the ability to articulate and convey information clearly and concisely orally and on paper 
  • self-motivation and self-reliance 
  • the ability to work in a team, discuss concepts in groups and reach compromises 
  • IT skills.

Career Prospects

The degrees that are awarded by the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies are of great value since the standard of our research and teaching is one of the best. Employers consistently tell us that a degree from our Department is a sign of high-level achievement, and there is consequently great demand from potential employers for graduates from the Department in a variety of jobs both in the private and public sector in Wales.

Graduates of the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies are successful in getting excellent jobs. Many go into education, while the Welsh media attracts many into performance, administration and production. Some of the department's graduates go into some aspect of social work or law. Graduates from our department also find work in a wide variety of other fields such as book publishing, the tourism industry, trade and the police. The skills of researching and analysing that you develop during your degree course will also provide a solid foundation for studying at postgraduate level and for a career in academia.

Learn more about the jobs of some of our graduates on the page Would job would suit you?

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Course Content

Below is an example of what you may learn during your three-year degree programme.

First year

  • In your first year you will study the module 'Cyflwyniad i Gymraeg Proffesiynol' (Introduction to Professional Welsh). As the name suggests, this module provides an introduction to the subject. You will learn a range of skills such as instantaneous translation, administration, public speaking, editing and marketing skills. You will be taught by the Department's lecturers and by employers who work through the medium of Welsh.
  • You will have the opportunity to work as part of a team and to develop your marketing skills to organise Noson Llên a Chân (Literature and Song Evening). You can learn more about these successful evenings on the Learning and Living in Welsh page on our website.
  • You will be able to sit on the editorial board of Y Ddraig (The Dragon) - the Department's literary magazine. The commissioning and editorial work will be undertaken by you and the other students. Learn more about Y Ddraig on

Second and third year

In the second and third years you will study four Cymraeg Proffesiynol modules.

  • Y Gymraeg yn y Gweithle (Welsh in the Workplace) - This is a work experience module. You will complete a period of work experience in a place where Welsh is used at a professional level. We are able to offer a wide choice of placements, which include a number of national bodies, which means that you will have an opportunity for you to gain direct experience of a career that is of interest to you. You will create a portfolio of tasks associated with the workplace.
  • Trosi ac Addasu (Converting and Adapting) - This is a translation module. You will develop practical translation skills as well as learn about the history and theories that are at the core of this work. You will have the opportunity to practise your skills of translation from one language to another and to adapt between one medium and another by converting a piece of prose into a film script, a television programme or a drama.
  • Bro a Bywyd (Local communities and Life) - This module considers tourism and literary heritage. You will attend lectures and go on field trips to places of cultural significance. You will undertake a project with the aim of promoting the interest of the public in an element of Welsh culture, eg a booklet, podcast, a short film or website content.
  • Prosiect Hir (Extended Project) - This module will give you the opportunity to work on an original research project in the field of Cymraeg Proffesiynol. With the supervision of a staff member, you will compose a high quality piece of work for publication.

In addition, you will choose from a wide variety of other modules that the Department offers. You will also be able to choose modules up to the value of 40 credits offered by other departments, eg Aberystwyth Business School; International Politics; or Theatre, Film and Television Studies, and include them as part of your degree.

How will I be taught? 

Teaching in the Welsh Department happens through a combination of lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. The atmosphere in seminars is more informal, in order to foster open discussion.

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed through exams, continuous assessment and through marks awarded for essays and exercises. 

Personal Tutor 

You will be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of your degree course. The tutor will be able to help you with any academic or personal issues. You are welcome to contact your personal tutor at any time if you need assistance.

Student Testimonials

Dewisais astudio Cymraeg Proffesiynol yn Adran y Gymraeg Aberystwyth am fod gennyf ddiddordeb i fynd i'r afael â'r Gymraeg yn y byd cyfoes. Cynigia'r cwrs arbennig hwn gyfle inni fel myfyrwyr i ddysgu am ofynion yr iaith mewn sefyllfaoedd a gwasanaethau o ddydd i ddydd. Yn ystod fy mlwyddyn gyntaf, cefais y cyfle i ymweld â rhai o sefydliadau amlycaf Cymru, meithrin sgiliau cyfieithu a golygu, a thynnu crib fanwl drwy deithi'r iaith a'i thafodieithoedd amrywiol. Manteisiais ar fodiwl wedi'i seilio'n gyfan gwbl ar brofiad gwaith yn fy ail mlwyddyn, ac yn sicr, roedd hynny'n brofiad heb ei ail am imi wneud cysylltiadau gwych. Llenyddiaeth sy'n mynd â'm mryd i, felly credaf fy mod i'n cael y gorau o ddau fyd trwy ddilyn y cwrs hwn. Gallaf astudio ac ymchwilio i drysor ein gorffennol law yn llaw â dilyn modiwlau sydd yn fy mharatoi yn drylwyr ar gyfer fy ngyrfa waith. Mae Aber yn lle hudol i astudio, ac rwy'n synnu'n aml at gymaint o ddiwylliant sy'n ffynnu yn y dref... a does dim pall ar yr ysbrydoliaeth a gynigia'r tirlun. Mae Adran y Gymraeg yn adran hyfryd i berthyn iddi, ac yn wir, perthyn yw'r gair am fod y staff a'r myfyrwyr yn adnabod ei gilydd ac yn cefnogi ei gilydd gystal ag unrhyw deulu clos! Megan Elenid Lewis

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC gan gynnwys Cymraeg Iaith Gyntaf (gradd B)

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM, plus B in A level Welsh 1st Language

International Baccalaureate:
30-28, plus B in A level Welsh 1st Language

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall, plus B in A level Welsh 1st Language

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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